Summer season of Love: Rodgers prone to sit preseason


GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers‘ 2021 preseason would be the Jordan Love present.

Coach Matt LaFleur stated Tuesday that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will “most probably not” play in any respect within the preseason. That seemingly has little or nothing to do with Rodgers’ offseason during which he voiced issues in regards to the group and skipped the complete spring program. Rodgers merely hasn’t performed a lot in any respect in current preseasons.

In 2019, when LaFleur took over, Rodgers was slated to play within the third preseason recreation solely, however that was the sport during which there have been issues over the sphere circumstances in Winnipeg and the Packers ended up not enjoying him. There have been no preseason video games final 12 months.

Rodgers’ final preseason motion got here in 2018, when he performed one collection that included seven performs. He hasn’t performed greater than three collection in a single preseason since 2015.

For Love, will probably be his first recreation motion of any variety since Jan. 25, 2020 within the Senior Bowl. The Packers’ 2020 first-round choose didn’t play in any respect as a rookie. In reality, he by no means even suited up. He was inactive for all 16 regular-season video games plus each playoff video games final season.

“So it is over a 12 months and a half in the past, I feel,” Love stated of his final recreation motion. “I am tremendous excited. That is the second I have been getting ready for even since final 12 months not having preseason. It is virtually like I have been coaching a 12 months only for this primary preseason recreation. I am positive excited to get on the market and get again to enjoying ball.”

The closest factor Love has come to enjoying as a professional so far was Saturday’s observe at Lambeau Area in entrance of 34,835 followers who braved the rain for the annual Household Night time. Love mishandled the ball thrice, two on snaps from undrafted rookie middle Jacob Capra and one other on a fumble throughout a scramble play.

Nevertheless, Love additionally flashed some arm energy that hasn’t been seen all that always in his two NFL summer time camps so far. He pushed the ball deep down the sphere on a ball that receiver Reggie Begelton could not fairly herald, nevertheless it was maybe the perfect deep ball Love has thrown since he is been right here.

“There have been some actually good issues after which there’s some issues we have got to scrub up,” LaFleur stated of that observe. “Definitely, we will not have the ball on the bottom. We had a pair fumbled exchanges. I do know he hasn’t essentially gotten a ton of labor with Capra however he’ll should probably within the preseason. We have simply obtained to scrub up a few of these issues. He had the one play the place he scrambled out and had one hand on the ball when he is shifting up within the pocket and hit his thigh pad and he fumbled that one. I feel in the end we have simply obtained to ensure he is doing a fantastic job of taking good care of that soccer.

“I believed he was in a position to make a pair good throws. He virtually had an enormous one to Reggie that obtained by way of; I do not understand how that ball obtained by way of nevertheless it was a fantastic go to Reggie and one which I feel Reggie want to have again. There was a whole lot of good. I feel greater than the rest, the one factor that we’ll be certain that to maintain urgent on to him is the tempo out and in of the huddle, as much as the road of scrimmage, ensuring the communication’s on level. There have been a pair occasions the place he could have gotten a nasty play name in there by way of how we set the formations and he is obtained to have the ability to determine that out and get everyone lined up so we will go on the market and execute.”

LaFleur stated Love will “take the vast majority of the sport” on Saturday towards the Texans, and Kurt Benkert will end it. The Packers have solely three quarterbacks in camp after releasing Blake Bortles and Jake Dolegala shortly after Rodgers arrived for coaching camp.

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